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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Y. Levinson Narrator: Ervin Ross Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449015179
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By May 1963, African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama, had had enough of segregation and police brutality. But with their lives and jobs at stake, most adults were hesitant to protest the city’s racist culture. Instead, children and teenagers—like Audrey, Wash, James, and Arnetta— marched to jail to secure their freedom.
     At a time when the civil rights movement was struggling, Birmingham’s black youth answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to “fill the jails” of their city. In doing so, they drew national attention to the cause, helped bring about the repeal of segregation laws, and inspired thousands of other young people to demand their rights. 
     Combining extensive research and in-depth interviews with protesters, Cynthia Levinson recreates the events of the Birmingham Children’s March from a new and very personal perspective.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most compelling component is Levinson’s dramatic recreation of the courageous children’s crusade and the change it helped bring about in the face of widespread prejudice and brutality. ”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A moving record of young people rising at a pivotal historical moment, based on original interviews and archival research as well as published sources.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A fascinating look at a rarely covered event for both curriculum and personal interest.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/16/2014

    " Levinson presents the story of four out of 3000-4000 children willing to go to jail to fight for equal rights during the Civil Rights Movement. Her narrative is thorough and easy-to read, and she supplements the primary narrative with addition facts in clean and bold boxes on side of text, as well as with relevant photographs with captions. I highly recommend this book for a library's nonfiction collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simple Pleasures | 2/16/2014

    " Review to follow on our blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/26/2014

    " Meticulously researched, interesting, eye-opening account of a scary, important time. Brave kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/15/2014

    " Valuable nonfiction resource on 1963 children's March for civil rights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/8/2014

    " How is it that I've never heard about this story before? It seems incredible that we didn't learn about it in school. I commend the author for writing about it and bringing attention to such an important part of American history. It's a very well written book, expertly researched. My only complaint is that I had a really hard time keeping everyone straight. I'm not sure why, but I could only remember the 4 main children. Quite possibly that's my fault and not the book's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Moore | 12/21/2013

    " When the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama stalls due to lack of participation by adults, the students in the segregated schools step forward, and their commitment ultimately brings an end to the laws that not only protected segregation, but made it illegal for business owners to integrate voluntarily. Edelman's meticulous research and the first-person accounts from four of the students arrested in marches--including one skeptic swept up in the events--create a clear-eyed look at a complex struggle that led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act the following year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnieM | 12/19/2013

    " amazing. This is a powerful and well written book that is useful to readers of all ages. Tons of information on a subject that is only now starting to be evaluated for its true place in history. A must for any library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 11/8/2013

    " A book that uses eyewitness accounts and doesn't only explain about the march but the aftermath as well, makes this history buff very happy. A favorite book of 2013. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scot | 9/27/2013

    " Easily one of the best non-fiction books for middle schoolers I have ever read; it's certainly a contender for all the major awards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Flowers | 8/29/2013

    " I wasn't crazy about the format of this book - the double column textbook style was wearying to read - but other than that it was spectacular. Tremendously well written and researched, and a story that everyone should know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Schleh | 5/11/2013

    " Explores the role played by teenagers in the efforts to desegregate Birmingham, AL in 1963. The author uses interviews and primary sources to shed light on this little told part of the story. Inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rani | 10/6/2012

    " Civil Rights movement through the eyes of teenagers! Great work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/16/2012

    " I learned so much! This is not just another book about the Civil Rights movement... "

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About the Author

Cynthia Levinson is a former teacher and educational policy consultant and researcher, she has also published articles in Appleseeds, Calliope, Dig, Faces, and Odyssey. She divides her time between Texas and Massachusetts.